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119-year-old Livingston Staple Says Goodbye

SAMS Fine Men’s Clothing may be shutting its doors for good in a little over a month, but that doesn’t mean co-owners Maurice and Jeffrey Cohen plan on slowing down before then. On a recent weekday afternoon, both were helping customers and working the cash registers while residents shopped the store’s “everything must go” retirement sale. It’s that work ethic that has kept the Livingston staple open for decades.

Every family in town seemingly has a SAMS story, from picking out a Bar Mitzvah suit to looking at the creatively-decorated storefront windows through the years.

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School Board Adds State Aid to Current Budget; Changes Meeting Calendar and Hires Staff

During the Board of Education meeting on September 17, the Livingston School Board voted to roll the additional state aid it received over the summer, a little more than $866,000, into the current 2018-19 school year budget.

It also approved changes to the Board meeting calendar. The November 12 workshop meeting was cancelled; the November 19 meeting was changed from a voting to a workshop meeting; and a voting meeting on November 26 was added.

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St. Barnabas Canopy, Valet Parking Approved at Planning Board Meeting

A special meeting of the planning board was held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, at Livingston Town Hall.

Applicant St. Barnabas Medical Center presented to the Planning Board a preliminary and final site plan to construct a 90-foot canopy at the East Wing entrance of the existing building. The canopy will allow weather coverage for the drop off area as well as the valet service. Along with the canopy, a larger vestibule is proposed to provide a larger indoor waiting area inside the east wing entrance and a larger automated revolving door consistent with other entrances at the hospital.

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Volunteer for Livingston Philanthropies

Volunteer for Livingston Philanthropies by emailing founder Jeff Friedman at jftv1@verizon.net.  It’s coat season, so neighbors with an SUV or larger and two and a half hours per week are invited to explore volunteering opportunities.  Current team members say it is fun and rewarding to help make a difference for the poor, homeless and disenfranchised.  Shown here, Livingston Philanthropies volunteer and board member, Karen Friedman, completes the creation of many hundreds of toiletries and cosmetics gift bags for immediate donation to multiple distribution partners. Livingston Philanthropies is now accepting warm coats and winter accessories.  Drop donations at the offices of Philanthropies partner, the West Essex Tribune, located at 495 South Livingston Avenue, next to ShopRite.  People may also mail tax deductible financial contributions to Livingston Philanthropies, Inc., PO Box 247, Livingston, NJ 07039.

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We Will Never Forget

WE WILL NEVER FORGET: Hundreds attended the annual Ceremony of Remembrance Tuesday evening at the 9-11 Living Memorial Garden at the Livingston Oval. The Livingston High School vocal chamber chorus sang while residents, Boy and Girl Scouts, and Livingston’s police, fire, and first aid squads looked on.

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Car Catches Fire

CAR CATCHES FIRE: Livingston Police and Fire officials responded to Burnet Hill Road at about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, for a report of a car fire, with an extensive smoke condition. The front of a gray Lexus RX was on fire and quickly extinguished by fire officials.

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New Turf

NEW TURF: On Friday night, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the newly installed Livingston High School turf field. The event was held before the first home football game of the season.

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Centenarian to Receive Bronze Star 73+ Years After Earning It in WWII

World War II naval veteran and lifelong 100-year Livingston resident Wilbur Hoffman has been waiting nearly 74 years to receive the medal he earned in 1944. On September 29, his long wait will be over.

He will finally be presented with his medal during a ceremony at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m. In attendance will be family members, congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a representative of the Department of the Navy, and members of the Navy Color Guard.

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Four Face Marijuana Charges In Traffic Stops

Four individuals are facing drug charges following two traffic stops by Livingston Police officers last week.

The first stop occurred at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, on West Mt. Pleasant Avenue. An officer stopped a 2003 Saab, driven by Athaniel Pierre, 24, of West Orange, for an equipment violation and failure to maintain a lane.

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Interim Superintendent Addresses Social Media, Meeting Practices

Interim superintendent of schools James O’Neill opened the Board of Education meeting on September 5 with a prepared statement about conduct and practices at Board meetings, “to help ensure that we have appropriate tone of the meeting going forward.” He also addressed the issue of responding to social media posts.

For the first time, this meeting agenda included a reminder about the district’s policies about civility and recording of Board meetings. Also for the first time, announced Pam Chirls, president of the school board, cameras had been installed and were recording the meeting. The district would make the tape available within 72 hours, or three business days, she said.

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